Q: What inspired you to become a writer? 

A: My mother’s bookshelf. It was in the center of our living room and had books by writers like Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and James Baldwin. I started reading them when I was in middle school and it felt like I was suddenly breathing a cleaner, fresher kind of air. Those books saved my life. They taught me how to make a way forward for myself in this world. 

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